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#1 Maggieway

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Posted 09 August 2015 - 06:51 PM

Hi Y'all,

 

I apologise if this has been discussed already in another thread, let me know if it has as I'm new here!

 

I know the general idea of where you can get people to read your book online etc like Goodreads, blogs etc

 

But is there a way to find people who are specifically interested in your genre? And how you can reach out to them?

 

Just looking for tips/ideas.

 

My genre is Romance Contemporary btw

 

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Posted 09 August 2015 - 07:03 PM

Are you a member of RWA? If not I would say the first step is to join and network with your local chapter. They have tremendous organization and business acumen. 


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Posted 09 August 2015 - 10:28 PM

Are you a member of RWA? If not I would say the first step is to join and network with your local chapter. They have tremendous organization and business acumen. 

 

 

Litgal is spot on.

 

There are also R&R (read & review) subgroups within the popular reading groups on Goodreads.  You can troll through your favorite authors' GR author pages and then look to see if their readers who have left reviews are a member of any specific romance reading group.  Join the group and then check out the group's R&R subgroup and policies.

 

DISCLAIMER: we haven't done this, but we know it's one way to garner reviews.

 

If you're going to self-publish, you can actually make your book "permanently" free on Amazon (and other distribution channels) for the first two or three weeks, and simply gain reviews by gaining a ton of new readers.  

 

Within the romance genre, if you have the right keywords and cover, and you're making your book free soon after you publish it, you will easily score 1000-3000 free downloads per day.  That should get you about 15 reviews -- at least -- after a few weeks.  After you feel you have enough reviews, you can always flip the price back to paid by changing the price on all the non-Amazon distribution sites.  

 

*NOTE: you can't actually set your price permanently free on Amazon.com.  You have to set it to 0.99 and then you set it to free on Apple, Kobo, B&N, etc. and then Amazon will price match to free.  This is a very popular strategy amongst indie self-publishers, but most fail to realize that it's pretty easy to flip your book back to paid whenever you want.

 

OR if this sounds too complex, you can simply enroll your book in Amazon's KDP Select/Kindle Unlimited program and they give you 5 free days every 3 months for marketing purposes.  



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Posted 14 August 2015 - 11:30 AM

If you want to spend money, you can hire a blog tour guide - which is the internet equivalent of a publicist. The best ones are a little hard to snag, since they get busy and won't rep your book before they read it (which is an important test of their professionalism). 

 

Blog tours run in the $200 range and can get you in the neighborhood of 20 or more reviews. There is a good thread around here somewhere about the do's and don'ts of blog tours.


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#5 Maggieway

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 06:24 PM

thanks guys! sorry for the late reply I'm having issues with notifications it's not showing me when I get responded (and I've updated my settings)






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